Social Security Disability SSI – mistakes not to make 2

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Ok, for social security disability (or ssi) mistake not to make no. 2, here’s an obvious one, but, nonetheless, one that should be pointed out and emphasized.

Don’t wait too long to learn the status of your disability claim. Here’s why – I can’t tell you how many times over the last few years I’ve been told by someone over the phone: “They said I was denied but that was four months ago and I didn’t get a letter.”

This actually happens quite frequently. Is SSA lying when they say they sent a notice of denial that a claimant never received? No. Why do so many disability decision notices not make it to their intended destination? I honestly don’t have a clue. It may have something to do with the fact that federal disability programs are huge bureaucratic, paperwork-government machines, but that’s only speculative.

What I can say is that, on a fairly routine basis, letters that are sent out by social security don’t arrive where they should. The actual percentage for this type of occurrence is probably pretty low. However, that won’t matter much if the percentage is low but it happens to YOU.

So, to be on the safe side, check the status of your disability at least every couple months.

If your case is at the initial claim or first appeal level, call the state agency that processes disability claims for the social security administration (in most states, this will be called DDS, or disability determination services, and you can get the number from the social security office you applied at). If your case is at the hearing level, you can contact the hearing office to get the status on your pending hearing request.

And, as always, if you have a representative (attorney or non attorney), have them get the status for you.

Note: What are the chances of winning disability?

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